Gotham Girls Roller Derby Season

Founded in 2003, Gotham Girls Roller Derby is New York City’s only skater-operated roller derby league for cisgender, transgender and intersex women and gender non-conforming participants. GGRD is committed to fostering serious competition on a national and international level, developing amateur athletes for competition, and promoting the physical and mental strength and independent spirit of these athletes.
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Photos: American Voices Gotham Knights RFC

A national champion in rugby at Cal in 1991, Mark Bingham was playing on the San Francisco Fog, a team in the International Gay Rugby league, when he had the idea to move to New York City and start a similar team. Before he could, tragedy struck. Bingham was one of 44 people who died when United flight 93 crashed in Shanksvillle, Pa., on Sept. 11, 2001. In his honor, a few of his friends started Gotham Knights RFC in December of that year. Though it took nearly three years for the team to win a USA Rugby league game, Gotham has become a haven for gay and straight ruggers alike, an intense brotherhood that has been life-changing for some.

Photos: Red Hook Crit Brooklyn No. 11

  Now on it’s 11th edition, the Red Hook Criterium in Brooklyn, NYC is a city must see. With a unique single gear, no brakes all out bike race the Red Hook Criterium attracts professional and amateur athletes from around the world. The action is fast and furious with plenty of drama and city scenes!